“And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.”
The following facts are worthy of note:
1. The woman was caught in the very act of adultery. This was not the case of a reported allegation but a direct witnessing.
2. There is a law against such Acts
3. Jesus did not addressed the two above-mentioned facts in his reply.
4. He addressed the Sin Nature of Mankind.
So, by now everyone has heard of the allegations against Ravi Zacharias. Interesting to note is that none of those women was actually RAPED. Therefore, it means they had a choice no matter how hard or difficult the opposite choice was; they had the freedom and liberty to choose otherwise and refuse Ravi’s sexual advances. Economic hardship is no excuse against personal integrity and self worth.
In addition, worthy of note is the fact that none of these women where minus, teenagers or adolescents or disadvantaged mentally or otherwise as to cause an impairment in knowledge of alternative options to Ravi’s sexual advances.
This is not an attempt to excuse Ravi’s sin but like our Lord Jesus recognized the Sin Nature in man, we too ought to know that no matter the title or importance of a man’s responsibility in the Kingdom of God, he is not God neither does it make him a god.
We could say in the scripture above, the woman had a fair trial but in Ravi’s case, he is dead and not availed the opportunity to defend him.
Yes; photographs might be compelling but did any reveal Ravi himself in a compromised position as would be regarded as a direct evidence?
All the allegations made by the women interviewed can only be controverted by one person and that person is dead and yet everyone seems to be running with those claims. More like a social media trial.
Most interesting is that these whole thing are mere accusations and allegations; none has been tried, probed and established by any Law Court in any country yet. No judge has declared Ravi guilty of any wrong doing yet and yet Ravi has been condemned already.
If his condemnation was from unbelievers, I will not be surprised. The cancel culture is the rave now but unfortunately, the condemnation is coming from those who call themselves Believers.
Everybody wants to be “Politically Correct (PC)”, so the rush to denounce and renounce Ravi Zacharias is trending. The women are called “victims” but has anyone paused to consider the possibility of Ravi being the victim especially because they had the opportunity to speak out but did not and “conveniently” waited until he died to do so.
Again, this is not Ravi’s defense but a godly and objective view of the scandal.
See Matthew 7:12 “So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.” And Luke 6:31 “And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them”
Is this what is happening on Social Media Court Room of Christians? Of course NOT. Everyone is trying to outdo one another in the display of human gratification in the misery and misfortune of another (dead) person because bad news is good business in the publicity world.
Obviously, none of us have asked our Lord Jesus, based on His word, “what do you say about Ravi’s Sin?” like the scribes and Pharisees did. Its seems they are better than us; at least they asked even if it was to tempt and trap Jesus. In our case, we did not ask at all(though we claim we have) because if we did, the lord Jesus would have again ignored that question and addressed our own individual Sin Nature by saying to us “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at him.”
The stones we are casting are not really against Ravi but ourselves. So how many stones more before we realize our error?